MICHIGAN’S ELITE OPERATING WHILE INTOXICATED (OWI) DEFENSE FIRM WILL PROTECT AND DEFEND YOU IN WATERFORD, MICHIGAN
Drunk Driving (DUI) also known as Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) is a serious offense with potentially serious consequences and if you are charged you need the protection of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Prosecutors charging felony and misdemeanor drunken driving offenses in Waterford, Michigan are particularly hardnosed.
OWI is the only crime where you can be convicted based upon the opinion of a police officer, which means it is an opinion crime. Name one other crime where you can be convicted without committing any harm to any person or property? Frequently, the prosecution’s case is centered around the opinion of a police officer. In the typical OWI case, the arresting officer may allege that the motorist exhibited signs of intoxication: the odor of an alcoholic beverage, bloodshot and watery eyes, slurred speech, and an unsteady on his/her feet. These observations are subjective. It should be remembered every motorist is presumed innocent, and the prosecution has the burden to prove their case beyond any reasonable doubt.
OWI PENALTIES ARE SERIOUS IN WATERFORD, MICHIGAN
A DWI is one of the most common criminal offenses in the Waterford, Michigan courts. Even in misdemeanor cases, due to political pressure and some of the toughest judges in Michigan, you face possible jail sentences if convicted. Furthermore, a jail sentence may be in addition to substantial fines, lengthy periods of community service, months or years reporting to a probation officer, loss or restriction of your driver’s license, costly and time consuming alcohol or drug therapy, and numerous other intrusions which may invade your privacy and your wallet. If your driver’s license is revoked, you will not be able to drive again until Michigan (or another state) grants you this privilege. People with a DWI conviction on their record may have trouble obtaining or keeping a professional license (doctors, lawyers, nurses, etc.) or a security clearance which may prevent current or future employment. An alcohol related conviction could interfere with obtaining loans or prevent you from traveling to other countries such as Canada.
AN EXPERIENCED DUI LAWYER CAN HELP YOU – THERE IS HOPE
DUI PLEA BARGAINING AND TRIAL LAWYERS
Not all DWI cases are headed for trial. In many cases, a plea bargain can be negotiated with the prosecutor. The attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. have the poise, tact, experience, and professionalism required to be an effective plea negotiator. Although achieving a dismissal of all charges is our highest priority, there are cases where a plea bargain to a reduced charge is in the client’s best interest. Sometimes a quick plea agreement is in the best interest of the client. Other times, it takes perseverance, persistence and great effort on the part of the attorney to obtain a satisfactory plea agreement. However, if a plea agreement is not possible, it is critical to have an attorney who understands how to try a DWI case. When a case is aggressively and intelligently defended, there are even circumstances when an OWI case can be reduced to a reckless driving, careless driving or other civil infraction.
How does a lawyer achieve an extraordinary resolution in a case? By being a credible threat. We are extremely well known in Waterford, Michigan to be among the top OWI trial lawyers and prosecutors and judges know that if our clients are not treated fairly, we are capable and qualified to fight the charges and protect their rights.
DUI ATTORNEYS EXPERIENCED IN HANDLING CASES IN WATERFORD, MICHIGAN
If you, or a loved one, is charged with operating while intoxicated or driving under the influence of alcohol or marijuana, contact the attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C.and we will put decades of DUI defense experience to work for you. Please call us at(248) 623-6800 for a free consultation or complete a Request for Assistance Form and one of our attorneys will promptly contact you.
“We are not afraid to win!”
– LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C.